Saligao Village Walking Tour

A walking tour through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages in Goa with interesting stories about migration during the Portuguese times.

Starting Point : Mae De Deus Church, Saligao

Duration : 2 hours


From: 800.00

Prior Registration Requied



Experience the splendor of Saligao village in our Saligao Village Walking Tour

Take a walk through the village wards of Saligao while picturesque fields surround the settlement. Visit an Indo-Portuguese home and get a chance to meet some of Goa’s renowned artists in our Saligao Village Walking Tour. Witness the simple yet splendid village lifestyle.

Situated amidst picturesque surroundings of the typical Goan countryside is the Mae De Deus church at Saligao. Mae de Deus is stark, stern with a glamorous charm in contrast with Baroque style churches of Goa. The Mae de Deus church is a breathtaking sight with its Gothic spires and pristine white walls. It is among the finest in the Gothic style and is attractively illuminated at night. 

Built in 1873, it is the finest example of Neo-Gothic architecture in Goa which is in contract to the Baroque style churches of Goa. It houses the miraculous statue of Mae de Deus. The statue was eventually brought from the ruins of the convent of Mae de Deus at Old Goa.

A walk through Saligao, one of the more prosperous villages of Goa, owing to the business acumen of its early settlers. The architectural aesthetics of Saligao today reflect the creative style of some of the renowned artists of Goa who have chosen to live a splendid village lifestyle.


– Tour hosted by a friendly English speaking tour presenter.
– Visit Goa’s only Gothic style church.
– Walk through the wards of Saligao village flanked by rice fields.
– Explore the narrow lanes lined with splendid heritage homes that highlight Indo-Portuguese architecture in Saligao.
– Discover the untold stories about migration.
– High tea at a heritage home.



What to expect:
The walk begins with the introduction of Mae De Deus Church and a briefing about the early settlers of the region.
Proceed to walk into the village wards through the trails flanked by beautiful rice fields. Visit a house that showcases Portuguese style architecture and interiors and high tea at a heritage home with an interesting story..


Starting Point: Mae De Deus Church, Saligao

Closest Airport: Dabolim Airport.
Closest Railway Station: Thivim Train Station which is 20 km away from Saligao.
Bus : In Panjim where major state transport corporation buses operate. In Goa you will find the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) which originates from Goa, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), from Maharashtra, and the Karnataka State Road Transport from Karnataka. All the state transport buses, usually begin and terminate at the Kadamba bus stand in Panjim.

– Local English-speaking guide
– Entry to Heritage homes
– Meeting with well renowned Goan artists

– Hotel pickup and drop-off
– Additional food and drinks
– Souvenirs and items of a personal nature

Social Impact:
– This Tour is organized by Make it Happen, Travel Designers a tour operation company committed towards curating and developing cultural and community based tours.
– By showcasing local artists and craftsmen we aim to preserve these dying arts forms. We will take you to a few recommended stores where you can buy local products. Shopping at these stores helps inject money into the local economy.

Traveler Tips:
– Please follow instruction and safety guideline of our guides during the tour.
– Be aware of people’s sensitivity to being photographed. Please ask first. Please take permission of the host before photographing inside the houses we visit.
– We are committed to a healthier planet. We recommend to carry reusable water bottles and avoid the use of disposable plastic bottles.


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